World-famous folk dance group Mazowsze will perform at Luxembourg's Conservatoire on Poland's Independence Day this Thursday, following a year filled with celebrations marking a relations centenary between the countries. The event is under the joint patronage of HRH Grand Duke and Poland's President Andrzej Duda.

The group was founded in 1948 and is one of the world's largest song and dance ensembles. It has given more than nine thousand concerts in over 50 countries for 27 million spectators.

"The repertoire aims at preserving the culture and traditions of Polish towns and villages," said Krzysztof Kurlej, the group's manager. Mazowsze's recognition is such that it starred in the 2018 movie Cold War by Paweł Pawlikowski, nominated for three Oscars, including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Director.

The group's repertoire includes dances from over 40 regions of Poland and over 500 songs, not only in Polish but also in the languages of each country the ensemble has visited.

"We have dignified polonaise, lively cracovienne, bustling mazurka, brisk polka, Goral dances. But people with hundreds and thousands of hours of hard work in the rehearsal hall under their belts can dance anything," said Wioletta Milczuk, manager of Mazowsze ballet.

On top of the songs to which the group dances, the choir also performs Christmas carols, Easter, Marian, and patriotic songs, and classical compositions such as Mozart's Requiem and Coronation Mass, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Chopin's pieces, or Moniuszko's Third Litany of the Gate of Dawn.

Mazowsze's concert on 11 November is the grand finale in a year filled with celebrations to highlight 100 years since the two states formally established relations on 18 April 1921. The Polish Embassy kicked off in May with a video highlighting essential links the countries have developed. It also launched a website – polonais.lu – presenting prominent Poles active in the Grand Duchy. In September, an open-air photo exhibition was opened together with the City of Luxembourg and is still open to the public in Place de Strasburg until 5 November. On Twitter, the Embassy is running a campaign with a #celebrating100 hashtag.

Tickets to the concert can be purchased on the Conservatoire's website here.